This includes Ti Vo and similar DVR devices, network routers, facility automation controls, televisions, The development of Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free and open-source software collaboration.
The underlying source code may be used, modified and distributed—commercially or non-commercially—by anyone under the terms of its respective licenses, such as the GNU General Public License.
Linux's greatest success in the consumer market is perhaps the mobile device market, with Android being one of the most dominant operating systems on smartphones and very popular on tablets and, more recently, on wearables.
Linux gaming is also on the rise with Valve showing its support for Linux and rolling out its own gaming oriented Linux distribution.
GNU applications also replaced all MINIX components, because it was advantageous to use the freely available code from the GNU Project with the fledgling operating system; code licensed under the GNU GPL can be reused in other computer programs as long as they also are released under the same or a compatible license.
Alpha, ARC, ARM, Blackfin, C6x, ETRAX CRIS, FR-V, H8/300, Hexagon, Itanium, M32R, m68k, META, Microblaze, MIPS, MN103, Nios II, Open RISC, PA-RISC, Power PC, RISC-V, s390, S core, Super H, SPARC, TILE64, Unicore32, x86, Xtensa is a family of free and open-source software operating systems built around the Linux kernel.
Typically, Linux is packaged in a form known as a Linux distribution (or distro for short) for both desktop and server use.
The availability of a high-level language implementation of Unix made its porting to different computer platforms easier.
As a result, Unix grew quickly and became widely adopted by academic institutions and businesses.
Because Linux is freely redistributable, anyone may create a distribution for any intended use.